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Loma Prieta Grade Small Loop

EASY 52 reviews

Loma Prieta Grade Small Loop is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aptos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 278 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The Forest of Nisene Marks SP boasts an old Lumber Railroad Grade. An introductory walk into the lower reaches of Nisene Marks. This trail is highly popular with the locals for an afternoon break. It's a good one for walks, jogging, and much of it is accessible to bikes. The trail also provide access to the trail heading deeper into this 10,000 acre state park. Dogs are OK on the fire road. Much of this particular walk traces the old lumber railroad grade. The rugged region was extensively logged between the 1880's and about 1920. The second growth forest is now an outstanding example of the regenerative powers of redwood and fir forests. This walk includes redwood and fir forest, maple, alder, oak, madrone, and other broad leaf Nisene is also the home of the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. It became a state park in 1963 when the Marks Family donated the property to the State in honor of the memory of Nicene Marks. The park's activities include: Bike Trails Hiking Environmental Campsite: (831)763-7064 for availability. Horseback Trails 8 Picnic Sites Additional statistics from the park's brochure include: Between Nicene and the adjoining Soquel Demonstration Forest there are over 62 miles of recreational trails and roads. Of that: 20 miles are exclusive to hiking. 42 miles are available for both hiking and biking mixed use trail. 24 miles are open for horseback riding. More information is available at the Seacliff State Beach Visitor's Center. Call 831-685-6444 for hours and information.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful trail. directions went to a private drive, we had to park in the state park, for a fee. trail was easily marked and there are more we want to try at this state park (Nisen Marks)

hiking
5 months ago

Very pretty

hiking
5 months ago

Really great intro hike! The main road leading up to the loop would be great for easy pretty biking

walking
10 months ago

A walk down a nice, flat, wide fire road through a beautiful second and third growth redwood and oak woodland. You’ll share this walk with lots of bike riders and other walkers. Dogs are allowed on leash, but I have let mine off on quiet days. There are lots of points where you can walk spurs down to the creek. Loma Prieta Grade is flat and and easy as well. Nice place to take your non-hiker friends for a good walk.

hiking
11 months ago

If you are hiking with young children, drive all the way to the top. There is a parking area there, and you will be as close as you can get to the Small Loop trailhead. Otherwise, you will be sharing the road with mountain bikers flying up and down, and also adding mileage to the hike, which will affect your kids’ threshold, if they are anything like mine! Otherwise, a nice, easy hike for kids.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Decent. Love the pine aromas as you pass the stands of fir

Thursday, June 08, 2017

First visit and we will definitely be back. This whole park is gorgeous. Can't wait to do more of the trails in this area. This trail was beautiful and kid friendly. Loved it!

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